GOSAFE – Go Defenseless by Tom Reynolds
The anti-gun (anti-U S Constitution) Democrats never cease proposing laws to take away our constitutionally protected rights. This past Thursday, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced its opposition to a newly proposed Senate bill which is so new it doesn’t yet have a number. Below is a part of NSSF’s announcement.
“NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, flatly rejects the Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion (GOSAFE) Act, which would ban the sale of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and most other semi-automatic rifles. This proposed legislation is clearly unconstitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court held in Heller that entire classes of firearms cannot be banned from legal sale and possession by law-abiding citizens. The bill was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).”
“The legislation introduced by Senators King and Heinrich is openly defiant of the rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. There is no path forward for legislation of this nature that would deprive law-abiding citizens the ability to lawfully possess the firearm of their choosing and the full spectrum of their Second Amendment rights,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel."
“The legislation introduced by Sens. King and Heinrich would ban the sale of commonly owned gas-operated, semiautomatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. The bill would also place a federal limit on magazine capacity, a measure that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found had no appreciable effect on crime reduction during the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.”
“There are over 24.4 million MSRs in circulation since 1990, which are used daily for lawful purposes, including self-defense, hunting and recreational target shooting.”
What is a gas operated, semi-automatic rifle? Directly from the proposed bill: “The term ‘gas-operated’, with respect to a semi-automatic firearm, means any firearm that harnesses or traps a portion of the high-pressure gas from a fired cartridge to cycle the action.” (Wow. That describes every semi-automatic firearm I’ve ever owned, which is exactly what it was meant to ban.)
Bill sponsor Martin Heinrich had the usual liberal rationale to say about his bill:
“The GOSAFE Act is a commonsense proposal…” (Liberals describing common sense is like the three blind men describing an elephant by the different parts that they feel.)
“The GOSAFE Act regulates firearms based on the inherently dangerous and unusual lethality.,.” (Did it ever occur to the gun grabbers that all guns are dangerous and lethal? Of course it did! That’s why each of their proposed laws is one more step towards banning all guns.)
What’s the penalty for violating this proposal?
“Whoever violates subsection (v) or (w) of section 922 shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned not more than 12 months, or both, for each offense.”